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Sweet Bay
Scientific Name: Magnolia virginiana L.
Synonym:
Family: Magnoliaceae
Sweet Bay (Magnolia  virginiana)
Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 82.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 2-9,14-21
USDA: 5-9

Heat Tolerance: Light shade in areas with hot dry summers

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Eastern and southern USA, in the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains

Growth Habits: Deciduous or semi evergreen tree, 40 to 60 feet tall (12 -18 m) or more, 20 feet in spread (6 m); glossy, 3 to 5 inches long, leaves (7-12 cm), silvery lower surface

Watering Needs: Likes a moist soil, tolerates wet and boggy soil

Propagation: Seeds, selected trees can be grafted, stem tip cuttings in summer under mist


Blooming Habits:
Lemon-scented, cream-colored flowers, 2 to 3 inches wide (5-7 cm), in April to July, depending on location. They come on trees that are 8 to 10 years old.

Fruiting Habits:
The fruit is cone-shaped, cylindrical, 2 inches long (5 cm), red when mature from July to October. The seeds are bright red, about 0.4 inch long (1 cm).


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